BrainBreak

How to get in inspiration mode

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When you have made the transition from making and creating as a hobby into something you get paid for, i.e. a business, there’s suddenly a different kind of pressure on you. You need to produce new work to show that you develop, and for that new work you need inspiration. Getting inspired is probably one […]

Why reinvent the wheel?

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When I’m about to start a new project, one that requires new designs, I’m often hit by doubts. Not in my ability as a designer-maker, but more in terms of ‘Who needs another _____?’ Haven’t we got enough spoons, bowls, bags, belts, jewellery, mugs, scarf’s, hats, clothes, shoes, you name it already? And how would […]

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A Makers Guidebook to Full-time Success

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I’m guessing you’re here because you have a passion for making beautiful, functional things, and you want to make that passion your full-time income. But you just don’t know quite how to get from A to B. A being creative, making your beautiful work, B turning it into the full-time business. Actually you might think […]

Can you run out of ideas?

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I was watching Elizabeth Gilbert’s TED talk the other day, the one where she talks about creative inspiration as something divine. Something that comes to us. I really enjoyed her talk and I love her humour, but I only partly agree with her. I think inspiration starts out as being something we ‘get’, something that […]

3 unusual reasons for using upcycling in your work

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Upcycling, recycling, reclaimed, saved, recovered or second hand all describe the same idea, that of taking things we’ve already used and transforming it into something new. I think it’s a beautiful idea, especially because we are literally overflowing our planet with crap. This isn’t a blog post where I’m going to preach about why recycling […]

FullOffice

Three ways to get inspired!

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When you run a creative business, one of your most valued assets is getting inspired to create new work. Even though I believe you can get inspired on command, by setting up a brief or an outline and then look for inspiration, I also believe that some of the best inspiration is what comes naturally. […]

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How to make your designs un-copy-able

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When I was at the Royal College of Art, my professor – David Watkins, always use to say, that it didn’t matter if other people did the same kind of things you did – you just had to make it yours. How do you make it yours? It’s got to do with the source. Where […]

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The secret to creating unique designs

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Ever felt scared that the work you create might look like it’s inspired by someone else’s work? I mean, you know it’s not, but maybe you get a lot of ‘oh, your work reminds me so much of so and so’s work’ comments from people? I know I’ve had a ton of those comments. Sometimes it’s […]

How are you practicing your creative muscle?

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If you’re an artist, a designer or craftsman, you’re probably trying to make a living from your ideas. Getting really top quality ideas – every time – can be challenging, especially if you’re only relying on inspiration. I’d like to share a quote with you from Thomas Edison – he was the guy that invented […]